James' Blog

Monday, January 28, 2008, 05:10 PM

I've spruced up http://www.jfc.org.uk/ a bit, including the addition of a new walking web page, including mapping data and photos from the various walks I go on.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 09:26 PM

Here's a, erm, fun way to waste half an hour. What's the longest route you can create on Google Maps without any extra waypoints? The longest I could manage was 7994 miles, which Google optimistically estimates an 8 day and 4 hour drive.

It's not as easy as you might think. Google can't route through a lot of countries, and can't route between others. Watch out for the funky routing algorithm too - changing the start and end point by just a few metres can make a thousand miles of difference to the journey length.

Monday, November 19, 2007, 01:12 PM

Jo and I just got back from a holiday in Portugal (very nice thanks, photo's are online). Anyway, I drank quite a bit of this beer - nothing special, just a cheap local brew from the supermarket (Lidl, I think). It wasn't until the last day that i took a closer look at the label. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a warning of potential side effects!

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 11:20 AM
I'm about go off-net for a couple of weeks for another walking holiday. This time it's the West Highland Way, followed by the Great Glen Way hopefully with a climb of Ben Nevis in between. All told we'll probably cover about 200 miles.

Two weeks without touching a computer will be good for me, I'm sure!

Friday, August 3, 2007, 10:01 AM
Jo and I have just got back from a holiday in Inverness to celebrate her birthday. Most of her family live there so I've visited a few times, but something was different on this trip: decent beer.

On all previous occasions that I've visited I've ended up drinking whisky. Not that it's a chore, of course, as there's inevitably an excellent range of malts available, but I'd rather have a good beer and, up until now, that just hasn't been available with gassy, chemically lager being the order of the day.

So I was very pleasantly surprised on this visit to discover a number of bars serving really good local beer. The Castle Tavern is just down the road from Jo's mother's and they had some excellent beers from Cairngorm Brewery and the Isle of Skye Brewing Company. Elsewhere I also had good beer brewed by the An Teallach Brewery, and the Black Isle Brewery. All of these companies are new - starting in the least decade or so, and many more Highland breweries have started in the last five years.

There's been revival of real ale brewing across the country over the last fifteen years or so, but it's good to see that the Highlands aren't being left behind. So here's to the Highland renaissance - it will make visits to the in-laws that much more appealing!

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